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UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South African firms report ‘positive but cautious’ Q4 hiring intentions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2016 South Africa’s mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors will remain the country’s weakest job link as local employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months to December, according to data released by workforce expert Manpower Group. This data alternatively... 

MTN’s new BBBEE scheme launched

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2016 Subscriptions for MTN’s new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme MTN Zakhele Futhi are now open to qualifying black investors and groups. Some 123.4-million ordinary shares in MTN Zakhele Futhi are on offer to new and existing investors at R20 a share, with a minimum... 

Human capital trends changing the business management landscape

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2016 Amid the increasing use of technologies such as mobile devices, three-dimensional printing, sensors, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things, which is changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver almost every product and service, digital disruption and social networking... 

Rural women entrepreneurs acknowledged for their business acumen

By: Dylan Slater     2nd September 2016 Rural women entrepreneurs were awarded their graduation certificates at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on August 5, following the intensive Faranani Rural Women Training Initiative provided by professional services firm PwC to build up the business skills of women from previously disadvantaged... 

Treasury estimates ETI supported 5% of jobs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th August 2016 Changes in the external environment have made it harder to assess whether Treasury’s Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) has led to the creation of new jobs or prevented a further worsening in youth unemployment, the National Treasury said on Friday. But broadly, it said, the estimates of jobs... 

Why SA needs to improve job prospects for youth

By: News24Wire      26th August 2016 South Africa won’t realise its demographic benefit if the job prospects for younger working-age people don’t improve, said statistician general Pali Lehohla on Thursday. A demographic dividend occurs when a country is entering a period in which the working age population has a low proportion of... 

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2016 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation on Thursday inaugurated a new 6 000 m2 production site and headquarters in Isando. The facility will produce Bombardier Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for use in the Transnet locomotives project, for which Bombardier is delivering 240... 

Bombardier opens new propulsion equipment production site in Isando
Bombardier has opened a new propulsion equipment manufacturing facility in Isando. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BLSA, Basa warn of negative consequences surrounding Hawks' action against Gordhan

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2016 The confidence of investors in South Africa, which has been steadily recovering on the back of joint action by government, business and labour in recent months, is now in jeopardy, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). This follows media reports that the South African priority crimes... 

BLSA, Basa warn of negative consequences surrounding Hawks' action against Gordhan
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Outa, SAA whistleblower claim victory over SAA

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th August 2016 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) on Monday agreed to hold suspended SAA group treasurer Cynthia Stimpel’s disciplinary hearing at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) following her defensive challenge in the Labour Court. The matter will be heard by an... 

Outa, SAA whistleblower claim victory over SAA

MTN launches new R9.9bn BBBEE transaction as Zakhele winds up

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd August 2016 As JSE-listed MTN Group unwinds its six-year-old empowerment vehicle, MTN Zakhele, work is under way to establish a new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) transaction to fulfill core targets. The new special purpose vehicle, MTN Zakhele Futhi, owning an equity ownership... 

MTN launches new R9.9bn BBBEE transaction as Zakhele winds up

Microjobbing can help graduates gain professional experience – M4JAM

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2016 Employers want practical, work-based experience, which graduates often do not have prior to entering the workplace, so graduates often cannot gain employment owing to the lack of experience, says microjobbing platform Money for Jam (M4JAM) CEO Richard Dunn. This chicken-and-egg problem can... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

More needs to be done for transformation, growth – Ramaphosa 

By: Anine Kilian     1st August 2016 One-third of South Africa’s 57-million-strong population is excluded from the economy, which impedes prospects of rapid growth in South Africa, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday. Addressing an audience at the Black Securities and Investment Professionals (Absip) investment... 

More needs to be done for transformation, growth – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Necsa, unions reach wage agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and labour unions have reached a wage agreement, following months of negotiation. The parties agreed that, effective July 1, employees earning less than R600 000 a year, would receive a 7% increase, as well as a R5 000 one-off payment, while... 

Necsa, unions still in wage negotiations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th July 2016 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) on Tuesday said it was still engaging with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union and Pelindaba Workers Unions on salary increases and conditions of service. Negotiations started in May, with the unions submitting 11 demands.... 

Richards Bay IDZ poised for investment, jobs boost

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) on Monday opened its R16-million Phase 1A Customs Control Gate Complex. This was followed by a sod-turning event for the zone’s Techno Hub. 

Lafarge denies allegations of ‘union bashing’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th July 2016 Local construction materials company Lafarge on Monday refuted claims by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) that the company was engaging in union bashing. Last week, Cosatu, together with the community and Tribal Authority of Bodibe, in the North West, marched to Lafarge’s... 

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight

By: Bruce Montiea     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education under spotlight
GATHERING FOR ACADEMIC DEBATE The Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference will be taking place for the tenth time this year

Severe rate of job losses reflects declining metals and engineering sector

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 First-quarter employment data recently released by Statistics South Africa reflected a total loss of 15 553 jobs since the beginning of 2015. This downward trend is getting cumulatively worse, with 3 550 job losses being recorded in the third quarter and 6 902 for the fourth quarter of 2015, and... 

Gelvenor Textiles sold to South African investor

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South African private equity firm Jacobs Capital has acquired Gelvenor Textiles from Courthiel Holdings, which is owned by German corporate investor Claas Daun, for an undisclosed amount. Gelvenor Textiles manufactures industrial, technical apparel, outdoor lifestyle, protective and aeronautical... 

IFC acquires 4% stake in ADvTECH

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has acquired a 2.5% equity stake in South Africa-based private education provider ADvTECH for R190-million. The investment will support ADvTECH’s expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, which is expected to lead to better educational access for at least 30 000... 

IFC acquires 4% stake in ADvTECH

Small enterprises key to unlocking local economy but stifled by policy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th July 2016 Certain policies, such as those governing wage-bargaining practices, are hampering South Africa’s economic growth, as they often exclude smaller businesses and keep the “economic pie” from growing, says International Monetary Fund deputy MD David Lipton. Speaking at a public lecture hosted by the... 

Solidarity urges unions to review Eskom salary increase demands

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th July 2016 Trade union Solidarity has called on other trade unions in the bargaining unit, including the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the National Union of Mineworkers, currently negotiating salaries with parastatal Eskom, to review their demands after the parties reached a... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

Workers at Eskom subsidiary down tools over bonuses 

By: News24Wire      13th July 2016 About 3 000 workers at Eskom subsidiary Rotek in Germiston downed tools over performance bonuses on Wednesday. "Apparently, management is claiming that they didn't reach their target this year," said one protester, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

South Africa sheds 15 000 jobs in first three months of 2016 – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      4th July 2016 In the first quarter of 2016, the South African economy shed 15 000 jobs in all sectors, except construction and community services, according to the Quarterly Employment Survey. Employment therefore declined by 0.2% to 9.2-million people in the formal non-agricultural sector of the economy. 

Design students’ graduation aligned with Gauteng’s jewellery manufacturing ambitions

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Graduates of Germiston-based commercial jewellery design school Design@50 were honoured during a formal ceremony in May.  

Design students’ graduation aligned with Gauteng’s jewellery manufacturing ambitions
STUDENT DESIGN The Design@50 studio assists jewellery designers in attaining the required skillset to enter the industry

Focus on economic growth and jobs will follow, advises Roodt

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2016 Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt on Thursday voiced his concern over South Africa’s stumbling job creation ambitions amid an economic slump that has placed the nation on the brink of a recession. Addressing delegates at an Ekurhuleni Captains of Industry Forum morning meet, he... 

Focus on economic growth and jobs will follow, advises Roodt

Govt plans jobs summit, says Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2016 Government and labour are set to organise a summit to discuss ways to retain and create jobs in the tough current economic climate, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Following a meeting on Tuesday of the presidential working group on labour involving the Presidency, labour federation... 

Govt plans jobs summit, says Ramaphosa
Photo by Reuters
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zuma urges labour to work with government

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 President Jacob Zuma has praised organised labour and business for working with the government to avert a recent ratings downgrade, and said the cooperation should continue. Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the presidential labour working group in Pretoria on Tuesday, he thanked trade... 

Zuma urges labour to work with government
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Meeting of the presidential labour working group convened

By: News24Wire      20th June 2016 The presidential labour working group is meeting this week to discuss the economy and other related matters, the Presidency said on Sunday. The group comprises the president, deputy president, economic cluster ministers and the leadership of trade union organisations Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu. 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2016 National electricity utility Eskom has announced that it started training some 100 recruits as nuclear operators on May 1. This Nuclear Project 100 initiative was formally launched on Thursday by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. The training is taking place at the Koeberg nuclear power... 

Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has seen that inclusive growth can only be realised if there is a partnership and collaboration between government, labour and business, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He added that collaboration between all stakeholders had put the province... 

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Youth unemployment should be declared a state of emergency – Makhura

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 Unemployment among the youth is a ticking time bomb, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Gauteng Economic Indaba, in Johannesburg, he noted that the number of young people who were unable to find or engage in productive economic activities was increasing and... 

Youth unemployment should be declared a state of emergency – Makhura
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

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